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HS2 is a state-of-the-art, high-speed line critical for the UK’s low-carbon transport future
Bridge works near the site of Interchange station in Solihull.

Constructing the railway

HS2 will use the best of British skills and innovation, creating thousands of UK jobs and opportunities for SMEs. It will be one of the most environmentally responsible infrastructure projects ever in the UK.


engineering model of a tunnel boring machine

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Construction benefits

  • Jobs - HS2 will need over 30,000 people to design and build it

    So far, HS2 has supported 9,000 jobs in every region of the country. As construction gets under way there will be more opportunities.

    Jobs and skills

  • Supply Chain - HS2 creates opportunities for all sizes of business

    HS2 is creating thousands of contract opportunities in its supply chain. Find out how your business can get involved.

    Suppliers and businesses

  • Skills - HS2 will show the world the very best of British skills

    HS2's workers will use innovative technology and world-leading construction techniques. Over 2,000 of them will be apprentices

    Jobs and skills

Building HS2

  • Archaeology - unearthing 10,000 years of history

    Before we build bridges, tunnels, tracks and stations, the largest archaeology programme ever undertaken in the UK is happening.

    HS2 Archaeology

  • Sustainability - delivering social, environmental and economic benefit

    Our ambition is to build the most sustainable high speed railway of its kind in the world.

    HS2 and sustainability

  • The Green Corridor

    We’re creating a green corridor alongside HS2, which will be home to wildlife and integrate HS2 into the landscape.

    HS2 Green Corridor

Surveying along the route

Learn more about our education resources, and the skills needed to design, build and operate the railway.

Find out more about Educational content